Quarter of Lidl workers to enjoy rise in wages
SUPERMARKET giant Lidl, which has 38 stores in Northern Ireland, has said it is boosting the wages of nearly a quarter of its 900 staff.
The company, which unveiled a new store in Lurgan’s Kitchen Hill last month, said it would now match the Living Wage Foundation’s recommendation on new rates based on the real costs of living in the UK. As a result, entry level wages will increase from £8.45 to £8.75 per hour.
Some 24% of staff will benefit as the company said others already earned more than the Living Wage. Employees who start with Lidl at customer assistant level in 38 stores across Northern Ireland currently start on £8.45 per hour (plus supplements).
The Living Wage Foundation announced the new living wage level for the UK yesterday.
From left: Paul Stuart, Lidl area manager, Ulster Rugby captain Rory Best, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson and Nicola Fullen, Lidl Lurgan store manager